Microsoft Labels Autistic Boy A Cheater On Xbox Live

There's a bit of a she-said, they-said situation going on near Seattle, with the mom of an 11-year-old boy saying Microsoft reset his gamerscore unfairly and the company saying it was done because he was cheating. Regardless of the truth, the boy has been branded a cheater on Xbox Live and has to earn whatever achievements he had before all over again.

Jennifer Zdenek told Q13 FOX News that her son Julius Jackson went online recently only to discover that his gamerscore had been reset and his account branded as belonging to a cheater.

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Nineball21122880d ago

Oh nice, Microsoft!! Way to pick on the less fortunate!

Ok, I just had to say that. I don't really know the details. :D

mcmmaster2880d ago (Edited 2880d ago )

You don't even need to see the details, clearly its the mum that is at fault as why on earth would she let an 11 year old boy play Dead Rising 2 (AN 18 YEAR OLD GAME, well in the UK), to make it worse he's autistic. Think its the mum that needs sorting out and not Microsoft

DaCajun2880d ago

Yea that is pretty messed up that you would let you kid play mature rated games and especially one as impressionable as a child with autism.

But on topic I like how microsoft just goes around banning whomever they want or resetting achievements without proof and SONY well never does anything to cheaters whether it be sharing saves to get trophies you didn't earn or just cheating on an online game to just plain internet stalking. One goes to the extreme the other does nothing. I had some loser on PSN with a racist name basically the name says he killed Ni***rs(Blacks), he would send me messages calling me the "N" word and would make new accounts when I blocked other ones. He went through 10 before he stopped. A Sony rep told me on the phone to just keep blocking him and that he didn't find the name offensive at all either even though dozens of people reported this racist stalking cheating POS. They also tried to push off responsibility to the publisher of the games. What a joke. Then you got M$ who will ban you or remove a gamertag if it even slightly offends someone and take away your achievements if you get enough of your friends to report one person as cheating for no reason but you don't like them.

One goes overboard and the other doesn't do crap but as for the boy I seriously doubt the kid was cheating he's probably just extremely good at games due to his autism.

edgeofblade2880d ago

It's quite telling that the mother was refereed to the legal department. That means she came in ranting and raving and claiming "AYM GONNA SEEW YEW" ("I'm going to sue you"). That's the standard response anytime someone threatens legal action.

Dante1122880d ago (Edited 2880d ago )

@ DaCajin

Idk, DaCajin. You can get banned pretty quickly for cursing someone out in a back and forth argument (replying back with mgs) on the PSN, surprisedly even in chat (notice the censoring in the text chat) as well as for ANY little thing you say (Damn fool-banned) or do in Home.

N4WAH2880d ago (Edited 2880d ago )

@ DaCajun

"especially one as impressionable as a child with autism."

How exactly can a person that does not know right from wrong, danger from safety, life from death, be impressionable by video games or m rated anything?

"I seriously doubt the kid was cheating he's probably just extremely good at games due to his autism."

^This you couldn't be more right about. My nephew
(autistic) is a savant at counting, memory and he has uncanny balance. He loves video games but unlike the kid in this article, he isn't very good at them. So this is probably the one area this kid excels.

Either way MS should find a way to make this right.

rezzah2880d ago

parents usually dont care as long as they see their children smile, which isnt really bad because they want to make their children happy. It makes them happy.

However they should pay attention to the things that make them happy from time to time.

DaCajun2880d ago


I took pics of all the PSN text messages he sent me and sent them to Sony and they did absolutely nothing. I even called them a dozen time to get no help what so ever. Maybe others have had better luck but I had none, so now I don't even bother.

Blaine2880d ago (Edited 2880d ago )


You never played any games the "rating" said you were too young for? You'd probably be the only person on earth.

(I put rating in quotation because, really, I don't know anything about the people who hand out these ratings. I don't know of any studies to back these ratings either, and I don't know of any respectable study that says ANY game genre affects children in any negative way. But here's a case study of one for you: me. Played every violent game I ever wanted to before I was old enough to meet the "rating", and it hasn't affected me in the least.)

ComboBreaker2880d ago (Edited 2880d ago )

Now you gonna tell her how to raise her kid?

When you were a kid, you played Mortal Kombat II, and you turned out fine.

Christopher2880d ago

Two wrongs don't make a right.

Sure, I'd be right there to tell her what games are and are not appropriate for a child, though one should note that many autistic children have a stronger bearing over what is reality and what isn't when it comes to these sort of thing (I have two autistic nephews like this). But, regardless of the possibility of this being a matter showing bad parenting, Microsoft needs to have a way to explain why someone is a cheater as well as proof to prove that someone has cheated.

If I suddenly had my account labeled as such, you better believe I would be all over Sony or Microsoft with the reason why and method that they used to determine this. In fact, it's something they should have in place, ability to prove why someone is a cheater, prior to implementing the ability to label an account as such.

ExplosionSauce2880d ago

Microsoft banned some guy whose last name was "Gaywood". MS deemed it inappropriate and was banned from XBL, despite the guy proving them that it was his real name.

Microsoft can be pretty square to the point of lacking common sense at times.

gcolley2880d ago (Edited 2880d ago )

your post lacks common sense

jadenkorri2880d ago

yeah, bosse is Astrixed out on psn, i couldn't believe it, this was in a text chat room, confused the hell out of me as i was saying you have to defeat bosses to get your soul back in demon souls, i noticed and we loled over it.

AngryTypingGuy2880d ago

I can understand labeling someone with Parkinson's a cheater since they can press the buttons ultra fast, but a poor Autistic boy? This is uncalled for!

EeJLP-2880d ago

Who gives a hmmm if he's autistic or not. The question is, did he cheat or not? If he did, then it's deserved. It has nothing to do with being autistic or not. They're looking for sympathy support or something.

HolyOrangeCows2879d ago

Microsoft accidentally labeled a kid as a cheater who happened to be autistic.

Quick, attack their character! CHAAAAARGE!

Kurt Russell2879d ago

You know there isn't enough war and famine in the world when the news are reporting tripe like this. Dumb fuck mum is unhappy because her spoilt brat had a fucking computer game score wiped. When I was a kid my high scores got wiped every time I went to bed... and nobody gave a fuck.

kunit22c2879d ago

yes, its true that the mom shouldn't let a little autistic kid play mature games, but Microsoft just labeling anybody that they "think" is cheating a cheater is so stupid, what a bunch of dumb asses if I had an Xbox I wouldn't even try to get my gamerscore high just because those guys might think i'm a cheater just because its high...

kancerkid2878d ago

ANd of course none of the trolls here who had none of the facts of the case are not commenting on the article that proves the kids was cheating...

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Nineball21122880d ago

I'm sure they just saw how high the kid's achievements were and assumed he was cheating. Although, I'd think they'd have to verify it in some manner before labeling someone as a cheater. *shrug*

Anyone know what the procedure is for this?

Sony3602879d ago (Edited 2879d ago )

I really don't get the 8 disagrees you got for your comment.

Is N4G full of retards or something?

I was thinking the same thing, but surely they'd know for sure. Being "really good at a video game" shouldn't count as cheating, even Micro$oft know that.

MGRogue20172880d ago (Edited 2880d ago )

omg.. look at the pic, he puts the 360 on the carpet while playing.. fail

Expect a RROD/E74 error any day now.

sobekflakmonkey2880d ago

The kid has autism you fuckn idiot..

gamingdroid2880d ago

Now we know how all those RROD came! People just don't care there are vent holes on the bottom.

Silentmerc3nary2880d ago

"The kid has autism you fuckn idiot.."

True. But his mum, however, does not.

antz11042879d ago

Speaking of, so the mother probably brought up the fact that her child has autism, how would xbox know that? She probably tried to use that as leverage to get the kids score back. Mom of the f#cking year right there.

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Dave13512880d ago

Well we dont know all the details. Did the kid actually cheat for one? If he did then yea he deserves the word cheater. But if he didnt microsoft needs shot in the head.

Led-Zeppelin2880d ago

Microsoft is just jealous a autistic boy can kick their ass when it comes to getting achievements.

gamingdroid2880d ago

I find it hard to believe a autistic kid cheated (albeit I don't know the severity of his condition), but I find it also hard that MS would detect non-cheaters and label them a such.

That would open them up to lawsuit so it seems reasonable that MS is 100% damn sure some cheating went on regardless of who did it.

tdogg060519912880d ago (Edited 2880d ago )

He shouldn't be playing those games regardless of his autism. He should be playing t for teen at best regardless of what or how he understands reality. Take that kid away from that parent.

Focker4202880d ago

Buy him a PS3, Way more autism friendly.

Sony3602879d ago

I actually laughed out loud.

JeffGUNZ2879d ago

This title is so missleading. Microsoft never even knew the kid had any disability. The kid cheated and got caught, cry me a river. The kid lied to his mother about cheating, who could ever imagine?!!!? That mom needs to stop making excuses for her child.

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jay22880d ago

Yes love. And you've let your pre teen autistic son play 18 rated games. AND this news channel SHOW HIM DOING SON WTF! All of them are in the wrong. The news channel for showing and 11 year old playing obvously unsuitable games. The mum for buying the games. Come on guys, a normal 11 year old could buy them online but that poor kid most liekly can't :(. And that same mum just sitting on the sofa letting him play them.

BX812880d ago

Because you wouldn't let your kid play that game doesn't make her wrong. She clearly knows what he's playing. If she thought he couldn't tell it was a game not real life I'm sure she would do something. I guess your parents must have locked you in a room with Barney all day long?

jadenkorri2880d ago

as much as we all say we wouldn't allow kids to play 18 rated games, its gonna happened, fore most whats important is that they know its not real, 2nd would be you know their playing... and third if hes playing any game online and swearing like n**ger this and f**k you, please god take it away.

MidnytRain2880d ago (Edited 2880d ago )

That's not really the point of the article, though. No one is blaming video games for this, so I don't know why people are getting so defensive. There's no actual proof that shows us if he was or wasn't cheating, so it doesn't make sense to pick sides at this point. But I will say that this wouldn't be the first time Microsoft has punished somebody who was innocent.

tdogg060519912880d ago

I completely agree, that kid should not be playing those games. it is very irresponsible and its like letting your kid watch R rated movies you just don't do it. I am going to learn from all of these idiot parents.

Warprincess1162880d ago (Edited 2880d ago )

Ok you guys need to stop acting like you never played a mature game when you were a teenager. Now if the boy had a ps3, this would have never happen.

Dante1122880d ago (Edited 2880d ago )

Guilty lol

Back in the day....

Mortal Kombat 1, 2, 3.
Resident Evil 1, 2, 3
Doom games
Eternal Champions, etc.

.... It was my cousin's fault though lol

bilbob12345ca2880d ago

Surree blame the cousin ;)

Dante1122880d ago (Edited 2880d ago )

lol XD

After seeing this, how could I resist.

mcmmaster2880d ago

Yeah but this kid has autism for christ sake, this can't be good for the brain

Megaton2880d ago

Why is his mom content to let him be a loner just because he's autistic? Kid can still have friends.

sickbird2880d ago

never said he couldn't.

Megaton2880d ago

You even watch the vid? She says the Xbox is so important to him because he can't have any friends because of his illness.

BX812880d ago

I'm sure Megaton is on his way right now to go hang out with the kid... I know I am... well his mom any way!

Boody-Bandit2880d ago (Edited 2880d ago )

Really, and you know this how exactly?
Autistic people don't all fall under one class. There are so many variables. Most autistic people lack social skills and most excel at certain things. Maybe gaming is his.

As far as mature rated games. I don't think this applies to most autistic kids. They don't know what age means. Sex, death, illness or right and wrong. How are they suppose to be influenced in anyway by M rated titles? Most of the people posting under this article obviously know very little about this subject.

SWORDF1SH2880d ago

But a News channel showing a 11yo playing a mature rated game is very irresposible. The vast majority won't understand your insight. I'm sure they could of showed him playing a different game.

Megaton2880d ago

Just judging by how he spoke to the camera, I highly doubt he's so bad that he can't have at least one friend. If for nothing else, just someone to game with.

Boody-Bandit2880d ago (Edited 2880d ago )

I agree with that swordf1sh but I am not debating that. I am merely pointing out that megaton could not be more wrong about autistic kids having friends. The most common trait of the illness, besides severe OCD, is next to no social skills.

Megaton perception is often very misleading. I don't get into it on this site to often but this is one topic I probably know more about the 99.9% of N4G members.

SWORDF1SH2880d ago

On that subject I totally agree with you. It's also nice to have insightful comments. Bubbles

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